Turn Down for Bedtime
Posted on September 14th, 2016
Sleeping was one of the most challenging aspects post-surgery. Firstly, your leg is locked in the brace which isn’t all that comfortable. Secondly, the pain for the first couple weeks is intense. Waking up in the middle of the night because you need to go to the bathroom becomes a huge challenge. There were times I would lie in bed and think to myself, “Is it worth all the effort and pain?”.
If you’re still tackling the insomnia, click on the link at the bottom of this post for one of my favourite guided sleep meditations. There’s nothing worse than tossing and turning all night and then feeling cranky the next day because you’re exhausted.
In addition to the guided sleep meditation, you might want to also try these other tips.
Turn off all electronics one hour prior to bedtime. Instead of spending the last few hours before bedtime scrolling through Instagram, read a book or journal.
Skip the Action Film:
You might want to skip watching any intense action films before bedtime. We all enjoy a little Jason Bourne but action films wire our brains making it hard to slow down and sleep.
Add a few drops of lavender oil onto your wrists and ankles before bedtime. Lavender is very relaxing and can help induce sleep.
Manage your caffeine intake:
Everyone reacts to caffeinated drinks differently, but if you’re having trouble sleeping post-surgery, it might be wise not to drink any beverages with caffeine several hours before bedtime.
I hope you enjoy and are soon able to get some zzz! Enjoy the meditation!
Release Mind Matters: A Guided Sleep Meditation Prior to Sleeping: